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Thursday 17 November 2022
Pieter de la Court Building, Wassenaarseweg 52, room SB45

The Neuropsychology of sex and gender: Exploring the facts and fictions of gender difference.

Markus Hausmann is a professor at Durham University (UK) and head of the Department of psychology. His research covers the full range of topics that comprise biological and neuropsychology, from spatial cognition to attention, from neuroendocrinology to social cognition. He has made a particular contribution to understanding sex/gender differences in brain activity, and consequently behavior. His research focusses on hormonal modulation of cognition and functional brain organisation by proposing and developing the “hypothesis of progesterone-mediated interhemispheric decoupling”, the idea that sex hormones modulate the interaction between the left and right cerebral hemispheres. More recently he proposed and developed a biopsychosocial approach of cognitive sex/gender differences. He proposes that the factor sex/gender should be considered as imperfect proxy of a combination of yet unknown biological and psychosocial factors underlying these sex/gender differences. And that the key avenue to a full understanding of sex/gender differences in brain and behavior depends largely on cognitive neuroscience investigating sex/gender differences in brain activity within a biopsychosocial approach.


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